Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush, review

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1867 . . . Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran, Reed Jackson, returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair. His father deems him unfit, and deeds the Jackson holdings, including his intended bride, to a younger brother. Angry and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a successful business, intending to start over.

Belle Richards, a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read, cleans, cooks and holds together her family’s meager property. A violent brother and a drunken father plot to marry her off, and gain a new horse in the bargain. But Belle’s got other plans, and risks her life to reach them.

Reed is captivated by Belle from their first meeting, but wheelchair bound, is unable to protect her from violence. Bleak times will challenge Reed and Belle’s courage and dreams as they forge a new beginning from the ashes of war and ignorance.


Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush begins after the US Civil War ends – with Southern Jackson moving North to live with his cousin and his cousin’s wife.  Since he can no longer use his legs (or can he?) he’s in a wheelchair and angry at the world.  But, he’s determined to make a new life for himself, even if he’s a cranky SOB to pretty much everyone.

Since there are things that I like and dislike about this book, I think I’ll begin with the positive.  I really like the story.  It was interesting, I liked the characters and I thought the book was fairly unique.  The author’s writing style made it easy to read and it didn’t take me long to finish.  Okay, so the cons.  There were a bunch of characters who could have been really interesting but I just didn’t feel they were developed enough.  I wanted to get more inside their heads, but the story sort of felt rushed.  I didn’t feel there was enough background.  Because of that, I felt that the relationships, particularly between Reed and Belle, were just too rushed.  I didn’t gain any pleasure in their love story because it happened so suddenly.  All in all, I enjoyed the book and would read another of the author’s books.

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About the Author

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out.  Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.Connect with Holly Bush: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOOGLE+ | PINTEREST



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